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Wantage

Wantage shown within the United Kingdom
Population 9,767 (2001)
OS grid reference SU399878
 - London 72.3mi
District Vale of White Horse
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WANTAGE
Postcode district OX12
Dialling code +44-1235
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance {{{ambulance_service}}}
UK Parliament Wantage
European Parliament South East England
List of places: UKEnglandOxfordshire

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Wantage is a town and civil parish in the Vale of the White Horse, near the Thames Valley, in the English county of Oxfordshire (formerly in Berkshire), and approximately 10 miles south-southwest of Oxford. It is famous for being the birthplace of King Alfred the Great. Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, United States, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... A civil parish (usually just parish) in England is a subnational entity forming the lowest unit of local government, lower than districts or counties. ... The Vale of White Horse is a local government district of Oxfordshire in England. ... The Thames Valley is generally the region that drains into the River Thames, England, but is used in a more specific term by the government. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... Alfred (also Ælfred from the Old English: Ælfrēd //) (c. ...

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Geography and character

It is located at the foot of the Berkshire Downs in the Vale of the White Horse, amidst prime horse racing country. There are gallops at Black Bushes and nearby villages with racing stables include Letcombe Bassett, East Hendred, Lockinge and Uffington. Wantage includes the suburbs of Belmont to the west and Charlton to the east. Grove to the north is still just about detached and is a separate parish. Wantage parish stretches from the northern edge of its housing up onto the Downs in the south, covering Chain Hill, Edge Hill, Wantage Down, Furzewick Down and Lattin Down. The Edgehill Springs rise between Manor road and Spike Lodge Farms and the Letcombe Brook flows through the town. Because it is right in the middle of the Vale and just off the Downs, Wantage tends to be the main touring centre for the area and is home to the Vale and Downland Museum. There is a large market square containing the famous statue of King Alfred, surrounded by many shops with 18th century facades. Quieter streets radiate out from there, including towards the large parish church (see below). The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is located in the English counties of Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. ... The Vale of White Horse is a local government district of Oxfordshire in England. ... East Hendred is a village and civil parish, near Wantage, in the English county of Oxfordshire (formerly in Berkshire). ... Uffington is a village in Oxfordshire, close to one of the United Kingdoms best-known archaeological sites, the Uffington White Horse. ... Grove is a village in the county of Oxfordshire, England, which is best-known as the home of the WilliamsF1 Formula One constructor. ... Chain Hill is one of the hills of the Berkshire Downs, located in the civil parish of Wantage in the English county of Oxfordshire (formerly in Berkshire) and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the Countryside Agency. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... A parish church is the church which acts as the religious centre of a parish, the basic administrative unit of episcopal churches. ...


Developments

A view of Wantage town centre, 2004. A statue of Alfred the Great stands in the market square, which is used as a carpark except on market days.
A view of Wantage town centre, 2004. A statue of Alfred the Great stands in the market square, which is used as a carpark except on market days.

As of 2007, Wantage is developing and changing. In recent years 4 or more significant housing developments have been constructed bringing large increases in population to the town. At least one development (including the new health centre) has been on a greenfield site adjacent to the A338 road towards Oxford. The other three, however, have been on brownfield sites, converting a scrapyard next to the Letcombe Brook. While making the town tidier, the impact on the wildlife, particularly around the Letcombe Brook, may not be positive. a vew of the Wantage town centre, 2004-04-24. ... a vew of the Wantage town centre, 2004-04-24. ... Alfred (also Ælfred from the Old English: Ælfrēd //) (c. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Greenfield land is a term used to describe a piece of undeveloped land, either currently used for agriculture or just left to nature. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... In town planning, brownfield land is an area of land previously used or built upon, as opposed to industry or mining and therefore may be contaminated by hazardous waste or pollution. ...


Since 2006, a large commercial development has been under construction with a Sainsbury's supermarket as a central focus. This supermarket is double the size of the previous one and will have a significant impact on the town by drawing more visitors from outlying villages. The impact could be positive, preventing the town becoming a commuter town and retaining some commercial activity. Alternatively, it could be negative, driving the few remaining independent retailers out of business. The supermarket chain has a similarly large store in nearby Didcot (20 minutes drive away). Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the supermarket business. ... Commuters waiting for the morning train in Maplewood, New Jersey to travel to New York City A commuter town, is an urban community that is primarily residential, from which most of the workforce commute to a nearby metropolis to earn their livelihood. ...


Local government

Wantage has a town council consisting of sixteen councillors, twelve of whom (as of 2007) are Liberal Democrat. It is also part of the district of the Vale of White Horse. The town was twinned with Seesen (Germany) in 1979 and Mably (France) in 1990. In the United Kingdom, town councils are civil parish councils, where the civil parish is a town. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Vale of White Horse is a local government district of Oxfordshire in England. ... Seesen is a town and a municipality in the district of Goslar, in Lower Saxony, Germany. ...


87.112.79.144 08:55, 26 October 2007 (UTC)==Transport== Wantage sits at the crossing of the B4507 valley road, the A417 Reading to Cirencester road and the A338 Hungerford (and junction 14 of the M4 motorway) to Oxford road. , Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... Cirencester is a market town in Gloucestershire, England, 93 miles (150 km) west northwest of London. ... The A338 is a road in England. ... , Hungerford is a market town and civil parish in Berkshire, England, 10 miles (16 km) west of Newbury. ... The M4 motorway is a motorway in Great Britain linking London with Wales. ... Motorway symbol in UK, France and Ireland. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ...


Wantage was once served by a tramway linking it to the Great Western Railway but little trace of this now remains apart from the former station building in Mill Street. One of the locomotives (Shannon, alias Jane) is preserved at Didcot Railway Centre. This article is about light rail systems in general. ... The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ... General view, including engine sheds, of part of the site on a cold January day The Didcot Railway Centre, located in the Oxfordshire town of Didcot, is a comprehensive exhibition of Great Western Railway rolling stock. ...


Wantage is connected to Oxford, Didcot, Abingdon and Faringdon by regular bus services. These services also tend the intervening villages such as East Hanney and Grove. The fastest public bus journey from Wantage to Oxford takes approximately 45 minutes, the slowest can take over 1 hour 15 minutes. This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... Statistics Population: 25,231 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SU525900 Administration District: South Oxfordshire Shire county: Oxfordshire Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Oxfordshire Historic county: Berkshire Services Police force: Thames Valley Police Ambulance: South Central Post office and telephone Post town... , Abingdon (traditionally known as Abingdon-on-Thames) is a market town in Oxfordshire in Southern England. ... The Folly, from the A420 Faringdon market place All Saints church, Faringdon Faringdon is a picturesque market town in the Vale of White Horse, near the Thames Valley in southern England, United Kingdom. ...


The former Wantage Road railway station was about three miles from the town, to the north on the A338. A very small portion of the Wilts & Berks Canal is still within the parish. Passengers bustle around the typical grand edifice of Londons Broad Street Station in 1865. ... The Wilts and Berks Canal is a canal, originally in Wiltshire and Berkshire, England. ...


History

Wantage church and town
Wantage church and town

Wantage was a small Roman settlement, but the origins of the name are somewhat controversial. It is generally thought to be a Saxon phrase meaning 'Decreasing River'. King Alfred the Great was born at the Royal palace there, in the 9th century. Wantage appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. Its value was £61 and it was in the King's ownership until Richard I passed it to the Earl of Albemarle in 1190. Weekly trading rights were first granted to the town by Henry III in 1216. Markets are now held twice weekly, on Wednesday and Saturday. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 2. ... Roman Britain refers to those parts of the island of Great Britain controlled by the Roman Empire between 43 and 410. ... Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon[1], Old English: ) is an early form of the English language that was spoken in parts of what is now England and southern Scotland between the mid-fifth century and the mid-twelfth century. ... Alfred (also Ælfred from the Old English: ÆlfrÄ“d //) (c. ... As a means of recording the passage of time the 9th century was the century that lasted from 801 to 900. ... A line drawing entitled Domesday Book from Andrew Williamss Historic Byways and Highways of Old England. ... Events Domesday Book is completed in England Emperor Shirakawa of Japan starts his cloistered rule Imam Ali Mosque is rebuilt by the Seljuk Malik Shah I after being destroyed by fire. ... Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England from 6 July 1189 to 6 April 1199. ... Earls of Albemarle. ... Events March 16 - Massacre and mass-suicide of the Jews of York, England prompted by Crusaders and Richard Malebys kill 150-500 Jews in Cliffords Tower June 10 - Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowned in the Saleph River while leading an army to Jerusalem. ... Henry III (1 October 1207 – 16 November 1272) was the son and successor of John Lackland as King of England, reigning for fifty-six years from 1216 to his death. ... // Prince Louis of France, the future King Louis VIII, invades England in the First Barons War Henry III becomes King of England. ...


Royalist troops were stationed in Wantage during the English Civil War, and in the 18th century it gained an unfortunate reputation as 'Black Wantage', the haunt of criminals and vagabonds. The following century, Lord Wantage became a notable local and national benefactor. He was very involved in founding the English Red Cross Society. In Wantage, he paid for a marble statue of King Alfred by Count Gleichen to be erected in the market-place, where still stands today. He also donated the Victoria Cross Gallery to the town. This contained paintings of deeds which led to the award of a number of Victoria Cross medals, including his own gained during the Crimean War. Prince Rupert an archetypical cavalier For other uses, see Cavalier (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see English Civil War (disambiguation). ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Colonel Sir Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, Baron Wantage of Lockinge was born April 16, 1832, the second son of Lieut-General Hon. ... The Anarchist Black Cross was originally called the Anarchist Red Cross. The band Redd Kross was originally called Red Cross. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... For other uses, see Marble (disambiguation). ... Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. ... For other uses, see Victoria Cross (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allies: Second French Empire British Empire Ottoman Empire Kingdom of Sardinia Russian Empire Bulgarian volunteers Casualties 90,000 French 35,000 Turkish 17,500 British 2,194 Sardinian killed, wounded and died of disease ~134,000 killed, wounded and died of disease The Crimean War (1853–1856) was fought...


Since 1848, Wantage has been home to the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin, one of the largest communities of Anglican nuns in the world.


Historic buildings

  • Wantage has been the site of a church since at least the 10th century, and the present building of the Church of St Peter and Saint Paul dates from the 13th century, with many additions since.
  • King Alfred's School has a highly carved Norman doorway from the old demolished chantry chapel which once stood in the churchyard.
  • A water-powered mill with an undershot water wheel still stands from the time that Wantage was a major centre of the wool trade following the building of the Wilts & Berks Canal in the late 18th century.

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Famous people

The statue of Alfred the Great, by Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
The statue of Alfred the Great, by Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
  • King Alfred the Great was born in Wantage in 849.
  • John Betjeman, Poet Laureate from 1972–1984, lived in Wantage and his book, 'Archie and the Strict Baptist' is based in the town. A memorial park has now been established in the town named after him, which includes extracts from his poems in a peaceful wooded area.
  • Joseph Butler (1692-1752), Bishop of Bristol and Bishop of Durham, and author of 'Analogy of Religion'. He was born and educated in Wantage.
  • Alice FitzWarin, wife of Dick Whittington, legendary medieval three times Lord Mayor of London, grew up in Wantage. Her father's brass memorial is in the church.
  • Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, Baron Wantage of Lockinge (see above).
  • Lester Piggott, noted jockey, went to school in the town (at King Alfred's School).
  • Richard Symonds lived in Wantage during the 1970s, founding the ill-fated Wantage Railway Enthusiast's Association

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External links

  • Wantage Community Website
  • Wantage Town Council
  • Wantage Churches Together
  • Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage
  • Royal Berkshire History: Wantage
  • Wantage Silver Band
  • King Alfred's school
  • CTC Wantage Section

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